Los Angeles Chargers schedule 2023: Takeaways, predictions

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COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Chargers’ 2023 schedule was released along with the rest of the NFL slate on Thursday, May 11.

The Chargers and new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will play their season opener against the Miami Dolphins, with a chance to immediately test how their new-look offense will operate against what is anticipated to be among the top defensive units in the NFL.

And for a second consecutive year, barring any schedule flexing late in the season, the Chargers will be featured in six primetime matchups. After a quiet offseason, but one in which they retained each of their splash additions from 2022, the Chargers will have another chance to prove on the biggest stage that they can make a Super Bowl run. Their bye week will fall early in Week 5.

Here's what's in store for the Chargers:

Chargers 2023 regular-season schedule

Week 1: Sept. 10 vs. Miami

Week 2: Sept. 17 at Tennessee

Week 3: Sept. 24 at Minnesota

Week 4: Oct. 1 vs. Las Vegas

Week 5: Oct. 8 BYE

Week 6: Oct. 16 vs. Dallas on "Monday Night Football"

Week 7: Oct. 22 at Kansas City

Week 8: Oct. 29 vs. Chicago on "Sunday Night Football"

Week 9: Nov. 6 at New York Jets on "Monday Night Football"

Week 10: Nov. 12 vs. Detroit

Week 11: Nov. 19 at Green Bay

Week 12: Nov. 26 vs. Baltimore on "Sunday Night Football"

Week 13: Dec. 3 at New England

Week 14: Dec. 10 vs. Denver

Week 15: Dec. 14 at Las Vegas on "Thursday Night Football"

Week 16: Dec. 23 vs. Buffalo (Saturday)

Week 17: Dec. 31 at Denver

Week 18: Jan. 6 or 7: vs. Kansas City

Strength of schedule: 0.518 (T-12th)

Over/Under: 9.5

Biggest takeaway

The Week 5 bye. It is less than ideal -- especially now in an 18-week season -- to have a bye week so early on the schedule when your roster is likely to be in good physical condition and is still sharp mentally and emotionally. As the Chargers push through November and December, they will have no reprieve if they're banged up and will not receive a mental break from a grueling schedule.

Revenge game

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t on the schedule ... so the only revenge the Chargers should be out for comes against the division-foe Kansas City Chiefs, and that appears less like revenge and more so as a twice-yearly matchup that has been decided by one score -- with the Chiefs up 3-1 -- since Brandon Staley took over as coach in 2021.

Bold prediction

The Chargers will enter their bye 4-0, with their Moore-directed offense stealing the attention of the NFL, and proving that this is the season to play to expectations. There will be some missteps along the way, but the Chargers will remain in the race for a division title, with the AFC West being decided in a Week 18 matchup against the Chiefs.